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User Profile for Desiderata
Humulus Lupulus
United States
Waltham
Massachusetts
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"Like I always say...Euros are like sex with a German hooker- cheap, mechanical, meaningless, brief, and there's a language barrier." -Michael Barnes.
God Bless German hookers!

My Top 10 are my current favorite games (it fluctuates periodically). My Hot 10 are the games I most want to play. I use the BGG rating system, so anything I rate 7 and above, I'm usually happy to play.

I prefer to play *good boardgames repeatedly rather than play new games only once or twice. I don't mind learning a new game every now and then, but usually only ones I'm very interested in learning.

*admittedly very subjective

What I like in boardgames:
-cerebral
-offers difficult decisions; tension; scarcity
-wooden cubes, discs and cylinders (Suck it, Tom Vasel )
-interesting educational or mature theme
-various paths to victory (so not all players are doing the same thing)
-engine-building
-replayability
-card-driven wargames
-historical scenarios
-mechanics matched to the theme

What I dislike in boardgames:
-excessive spatial elements (i.e. Mutant Meeples, Dungeon Twister)
-excessive negotiation (Diplomacy, Intrigue, Genoa)
-party games (although I can tolerate them on occasion)
-plastic components, unless painted devil
-meeples or shaped pieces (I prefer counters, or discs with stickers)
-lengthy downtime
-cheesy adolescent themes (anything Games Workshop, Killer Bunnies, etc)
-oversized box or excessive components/insert
-excessive chaos (Vanuatu, Colonialism, Dominant Species)

There are some games in the former category that I dislike, and some games in the latter that I like (WotR, Merchants & Marauders). That being said, as a general rule, these hold true.

Themes that I have zero interest in, despite me being a geek:
-Zombies
-Warhammer 40K, WH Fantasy, WH anything
-Steam Punk
-Cthuhlu
-Star Wars

One quick comment about CDGs. In addition to the enjoyable gameplay mechanics of having multiple uses for cards, I appreciate that they allow for the game rules to be manageable while using the event cards to incorporate most of the historical detail.

A quick note on trading. I tend to toss box inserts (especially ones that are near useless), so if they are important to you, then ask. Otherwise, you might not want to trade for my games. Thanks.
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User Details for Desiderata
Registration Date: 2008-02-16
Last Profile Update: 2015-07-17
Last Login: 2015-07-31
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State: Massachusetts
Town/City: Waltham
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Top 10
#1: Labyrinth: The War on Terror, 2001 - ?
#2: War of the Ring (second edition)
#3: Earth Reborn
#4: Mage Knight Board Game
#5: Hannibal: Rome vs. Carthage
#6: Clash of Cultures
#7: Through the Ages: A Story of Civilization
#8: Merchants & Marauders
#9: Washington's War
#10: Steam
Hot 10
#1: Arkwright
#2: Fields of Fire
#3: Wilderness War
#4: Sword of Rome
#5: Successors (third edition)
#6: Axis & Allies Anniversary Edition
#7: Roads & Boats
#8: After Pablo
#9: God's Playground
#10: Middle-Earth Quest
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